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Our stories

Meet Joseph
07-09-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
BE BRAVE. BE BOLD. BE GOLD! ‘This is our family. Our son, Joseph, was diagnosed with high-risk Neuroblastoma when he was three. He finished treatment but later relapsed and died age seven, leaving an enormous hole in our hearts.  No matter what life threw at him, he always had a cheeky smile and infectious giggle. …
Meet Eli and his Mum Naomi.
07-09-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
BE BRAVE, BE BOLD, BE GOLD!  ‘This is Eli, he is three years old. He was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) on the 18th of September 2019. It was the worst day of my life. I initially took him to hospital and he was diagnosed with acute tonsillitis, which he just never got better …
‘I’m looking forward to being able to come back into The Square once the go-ahead is given, but I’m certainly being looked after in the meantime and appreciate the fantastic virtual sessions that have been provided.’
26-08-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
Clare has been a part of our Candlelighters family for just over seven years. Here’s her story and how Candlelighters are still supporting Clare and her family throughout the pandemic. “I’m Mummy to Neve and Belle, twin girls born in November 2012. In May 2013 both my girls were diagnosed with Infant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia …
Company of the Month… Bettys Bakery and Cookery School!
21-08-20Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
This month’s Company of the Month is Bettys Bakery and Cookery School! Bettys Bakery and Cookery School, based in Harrogate, chose to support Candlelighters in October 2019 and the team set a huge target to raise £14,000 for Candlelighters over their year of fundraising, through various initiatives including staff sales, challenges and raffles. They have …
Meet Melissa
11-08-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
Melissa was diagnosed with an Orbital Rhabdomyosarcoma last Summer and had nine cycles of chemotherapy as well as 25 sessions of proton therapy away from home in Germany. Melissa had just rung the bell to celebrate finishing treatment when Covid-19 hit and lockdown happened. This meant that all of the things she’d been planning, that …
‘I am so lucky and privileged to be welcomed into our family’s homes at such a difficult time and to be part of their journey is a real honour.’
10-08-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
At Candlelighters we offer funding support for roles at Leeds Children’s Hospital. You might have met some of these friendly faces before! Like, our Dinner Lady Elaine, Play Leaders, Social Workers, the Advanced Nurse Practitioners on the ward and many more! Here’s a little about Tracy West and her role with families we support. Name: …
“Tracy was there for us all, she supported the whole family in a way that worked for everyone. She’s made life a lot easier for all of us”
04-08-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
“Candlelighters have been there from day one. Over the years we’ve had many special memories, made possible by Candlelighters” Elsa was first diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) in 2016, a rare type of soft tissue sarcoma when she was just two years old. Elsa and her family, including Mum Hayley, Dad John, Sister Amelia and older …
Meet Leo
29-07-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
Please be the spark that keeps our candle burning so we can bring light to families in these darkest of times. Meet eight year old Leo. Leo was diagnosed in September 2019 with B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.   Leo’s Mum said, ‘From day one, Leo has received continued support from the amazing Candlelighters team, on …
The Family Support Team launch their Virtual Summer Events!
17-07-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
Get ready for some Summer time puns, as we launch our virtual Summer Events!! … Water you doing this Summer? Whatever floats your boat, we have a jam-packed virtual event diary for over the 6 weeks holidays for families we support! Tis the sea-sun to join in with some Candlelighters fun, catch up with friends …

Your stories

Graham & Anya
06-08-20Your stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
‘My name is Graham Morris and I am the dad of a family supported by Candlelighters. In 2015 my daughter, Anya, was diagnosed with a type of brain tumour called clival chordoma. Anya underwent 2 surgeries on her brain at Leeds General Infirmary to remove as much of the tumour as possible. We then spent …